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How to Choose Custom Kitchen Cabinets?

December 15, 2020 | Updated on: January 31, 2022

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Making kitchen cabinets can be quite expensive. Some of the cabinet suppliers are trying to save money by manufacturing cabinets from cheap materials and hardware. Are there any options available to get affordable custom kitchen cabinets for people who are looking to remodel their kitchen or change their bathroom cabinets?

If you are planning a renovation of your kitchen or bathroom, consider an easy way to get relatively cheap custom kitchen cabinets. Just choose your favourite door style and order it to your exact measurements, dimensions, and technical specifications. At Cut2Size, there is no stock of any cabinets, doors, or panels - everything is custom made to your order. There is a  huge selection of colours and finishes which correspond to the current trends.

 Cut2Size is an online platform where you can order custom made cabinets for your bathroom and kitchen, manufactured in Canada. With the latest technologies, we offer speed, innovation and expertise to deliver an exceptional product. At Cut2Size, we feel that quality and durability are keys to a successful customer experience. We have created a platform for customers’ convenience and a positive experience. 

Kitchen Cabinets

The cost of custom kitchen cabinets can be as high as 50% of the entire kitchen renovation budget. Less money goes into planning, designing, and estimating. Building kitchen cabinets are very expensive, not to mention that labour can make up the bulk of the kitchen cabinets budget. That is why when buying modern custom kitchen cabinets, you should go to professionals who will not waste your money and might give you a good deal. Cut2Size is an expert in the production of custom built kitchen cabinets that can supply you with cabinets, doors, and drawers and be within a budget.

If you are looking for custom kitchen cabinetry, you really need to do research on what fits the style of your home as well as the style of your life. You definitely don't want to get stuck paying for cabinets that you won't be satisfied with. That's not going to make you happy in the long run. You definitely want to avoid getting cabinets from some companies that are not experts at custom kitchen cabinetry. In order to get a basic idea of ​​what is right for you, let's take a look at the most common types of kitchen cabinets in Calgary.

Types of Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets come in different styles. They can be made out of solid wood, wood veneer, textured melamine, painted MDF, gloss or matte finish. Cabinets can be wall-mounted, free-standing, or incorporated into a kitchen remodelling plan. They come in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate all types of cooking ware and appliances, but if we will talk about types of kitchen cabinets - there are only 4 basic types:


  1. Base Cabinets - the most common floor based cabinets. Standard sizes for finished kitchen cabinets are 24 inches deep and 34 1/2 inches high. In the custom built kitchen cabinets, sizes can differ significantly.
    Base kitchen cabiets
  2. Wall Cabinets - wall mounted cabinets. The most common depth of wall cabinets is 12 inches, other parameters (height or width) depends on your needs. 
    wall cabinets
  3. Tall Cabinets - floor based cabinets, the typical size is 83,5 inches which are designed to fill the entire space from floor to ceiling. They are used for kitchens with no pantries.
    Tall cabinets
  4. Specialty Units - a type of cabinets are used to maximize the efficient use of space for a specific task. The most popular types of specialty units are corner cabinets, hutches, suspended units, bottle racks, and appliance garages.
    Special units

There are some important things to consider when shopping for kitchen cabinets in Calgary. Do you want the cabinets to be permanent fixtures? If so, consider where they will be located. The majority of kitchens are placed on either a plywood base or plastic levellers that support them. Built-in cabinets are permanent units that are scribed to the walls and ceiling. 

The location of the cabinets is also important. Base cabinets are installed onto a floor, be sure that the cabinet plywood base or plastic levellers are secured and levelled. If you are planning on installing cabinets on a wall, take note of any existing joists, beams, or nails. 

Where Can I Buy Pre-assembled Kitchen Cabinets in Canada and What is the Difference Between Already Made and Custom Cabinets?

Many big box sellers offer ready-made kitchen cabinets in Canada and they are easy to buy - both online and in a store. There is a big stock of standard, ready-made cabinets in Home Depot, Lowes, and especially IKEA. These cabinets are manufactured in China or places where the labour cost is low. There is no opportunity to customize your kitchen cabinets if you are buying stock items. If you want your kitchen or bathroom to look unique, it's better to go with custom cabinets. Custom made cabinets are made to a specific size, design, and colours. Custom cabinets can be very expensive. They are usually made out of good quality materials and hardware. Also, most custom cabinets are manufactured locally. 

Ikea shop

           Are there any suppliers that offer custom made cabinets online? Cut2Size is an online custom cabinet manufacturer in Canada. Ordering through the website gives you an opportunity to place an order and pay based on the width, heights and depth of the cabinet. You will not find many places to order custom-sized cabinets online in Canada. By ordering custom cabinets online, you can choose from the wide options of styles available. Whether you want a modern, country, traditional, or transitional cabinets, you will be able to find cabinets that fit your taste and budget. 

Cut2Size If you would like to change the hardware yourself, you can order it online. This hardware will possibly match the drilling holes and pattern of your existing hardware, so you might not need to drill new holes. If you would like to refresh your cabinets, you can order the style of the doors that can match your existing cabinets. Cut2Size has lots of options that might suit your taste and needs. Also, if you would like to change the look of your kitchen you can choose two tone kitchen cabinets or high gloss kitchen cabinets, you can always find these options on Cut2Size website.

kitchen cabinets When people are purchasing ready-made stock cabinets, they can have problems with finding the right colour, material, or style of cabinets. There are not many options available for in-stock cabinets.  Homebuilders cannot customize the cabinets based on their clients’ needs and wants. Customers have to go with the options that are available which might not work with the house or design. 

The benefit of custom cabinets is that you can customize them based on your needs. For example, you can select the style, colours, size, and shape of your new cabinets based on the room size and style of your house. Also, people can select not only the hardware for the cabinets such as hinges and glides but also the decorative hardware like handles that can make the final touch to your cabinets. After all the details are figured out, cabinets will come to you pre-assembled and ready for installation. After the installation of your new custom cabinets, you will be proud to show your kitchen or bathroom to your friends and family.

How Much Do Custom Kitchen Cabinets Cost?

One of the components is the material that will determine the cost of kitchen cabinets. Wooden and MDF kitchen cabinets are usually much more expensive than prefinished textured melamine, high gloss, or matte materials. If you were searching for “custom kitchen cabinets near me” and found out that you cannot afford to purchase custom cabinets, there are few companies that will manufacture pre-assembled kitchen cabinets for you at a reasonable cost. 

glass kitchen cabinets Custom kitchen cabinet design can get you a much better value, but you need to consider a few things before you commit to anything. Let's start with how you're going to use your custom cabinets. 

Go through your existing cabinets and make a list of stuff that you have to put inside of your new cabinets. There are so many options available to make your cabinets organized and easy to use and access the stuff you are using on an everyday basis. Use drawers and roll-out shelves to store small stuff. Bigger cabinets or drawers are the best for pots or small kitchen appliances. Stay away from using too much glass for your kitchen cabinets. Use glass doors as an accent for your kitchen. Glass doors are used for decorating your kitchen, to make it look more interesting and attractive. There are so many different textures and patterns available on the market if you are going to go with custom made cabinets. 

There are some aspects of kitchen planning that is only possible to achieve with a specific design. If you are planning to design your own kitchen layout, make sure that you choose what best suits the style of your home. Plan your kitchen layout to make sure that the custom kitchen cabinets design you choose will fit your individual style.

kitchen cabinet cost If you have no experience in design,  you need to find a company that can create it for you. Don't be afraid to ask them questions. This will give you a better idea of what your options are, and you will also get an idea of whether they can do the cabinets for you without breaking your budget. Another thing that you can do to get a good deal on your cabinets is to ask your current interior designer for a quote. They are in business to help their clients to get the best price on their custom design and installation.

Another thing you can consider is to try to find on the Internet websites that have kitchen cabinets for sale. Take a look at the prime kitchen cabinets that are being sold and see what their features are. Find out what kind of cabinets they offer, what the price range is, and what styles they come in. You may find something that fits your budget perfectly.

You still have to think about how your cabinets are going to be used. Do you just want them for looks, or are you interested in the functionality of the kitchen cabinet? There is nothing wrong with getting a kitchen cabinet that just looks great. If you want a functional kitchen cabinet, it will cost more money, than a cabinet that just looks nice.

To be sure you get the right kitchen cabinet for your needs, go online, and see what companies are selling them. Compare prices and features to make sure you get the best deal possible and ready to order custom kitchen cabinets online.

In conclusion, Cut2size has prepared for you an indicative table with prices for the basic kitchen MDF cabinets made with the common materials:

Exterior Material 




Base cabinets




Wall cabinets




Tall cabinets




How to Install Custom Kitchen Cabinets?

how to install custom kitchen cabinets When selecting your kitchen cabinets, keep in mind the amount of space you have available in your kitchen. Some cabinets can be easily removed, while others can only be accessed with tools and additional help. If you have a small kitchen, choose cabinets that fit tightly within the space you have.

A kitchen cabinet can add a great deal to the decor of a home if the proper decision has been made about the style of the cabinetry. Selecting the right ones will give your kitchen a more professional appearance.

Most of the time, kitchen net building kits consist of hardware, which is what you will use on all of the hardware in your cabinets. For installation and finishing, a cabinet builder will recommend and install the cabinets that are going to fit in your space. Once the cabinets are installed, they will be prepared for finishing. Your kitchen cabinet installer will be able to install your cabinets and hardware.

When you select a high-quality kitchen cabinet making company, you will enjoy being proud to display your cabinets to your friends and family, instead of hiding them in a dark corner. No matter how large or small your budget is, you can have a kitchen cabinet customized to your specific needs, complete with everything you need.

Of course, installing kitchen cabinets requires an individual approach, but if we look at this process in general, then we can single out only 2-3 steps, depending on whether it will be base or wall cabinets:

  1. Measure and mark the place on the wall where you’re going to install the kitchen based on the drawings or sketches that you have created.
  2. Unpack the cabinets and parts. Sort them out based on the numbers and sizes.
  3. Start installing and levelling the bases for the lower cabinets.
  4. After the bases are levelled, start putting the base cabinets on top of them. Make sure you secure them by screwing them to the wall.
  5. The same way secures the upper cabinet to the wall, you might need someone’s help as the cabinets can be quite heavy.
  6. Next, start installing all exterior parts around the cabinet boxes covering all the box exposed parts.
  7. Make sure all the parts are secured to each other with screws and silicone.
  8. Finally, install all the door and drawer fronts. Final hinges and glides adjustments are required. Always check the manufacturing manual to adjust them.


Article by:

Valentina Melnikova - Lead Designer at Cut2Size

Office 403.366.7411

Hi there! I’m a millwork designer and an owner of a kitchen cabinet manufacturing company. With a team of professionals, I work on designing and manufacturing high-end millwork. Combining professional designing and manufacturing skills is what allows us to develop and translate our plans into a reality through our uniqueness and exclusive ideas. Our employees are highly skilled and creative thinkers that also utilize their professionalism and experience to take millwork to the next level. I’m very familiar with the industry and I take on each project from the design to the final product. With that said, if you’re looking for design advice or technician help, you’re in the right place.